Skip Nav
Calorie Breakdowns
The Beer Brands to Reach For When You're Watching Your Weight
Personal Essay
I May Never Be Skinny, but Weight Watchers Keeps Me Healthy
Fitness Gear
Set Your Alarms! It's T-Minus 2 Days to a Highly Anticipated Nike Release

Avoid The Monday Blues with Positive Thinking

I know it might seem cliché to admit this but rainy days and Mondays always get me down. They just do. I came across this article recently on the Power of Positive thinking and I thought this might just be the tool I need to help me power through my Monday blues.

While Positive Thinking may sound corny, optimism has been proven to be a healthful mindset. The Mayo Clinic lists the following side effects as some benefits of looking at the glass as half full: decreased negative stress, greater resistance to catching the common cold, a sense of well-being and improved health, reduced risk of coronary artery disease, improved coping ability for women with high-risk pregnancies, and (obviously) better coping skills during hardships. Don't know if Mondays count as hardships, but sometimes it sure feels like they should.

We have all gone through bouts of negative self talk (so many personal sports moments come to mind), and the best way to stop the slow build of pessimism is to practice positive thinking. Sounds easy, but it takes practice to turn lemons into lemonade. The best guideline for eliminating the stream of negative thought is to not say anything to yourself mentally that you wouldn't say out loud to anyone else. Periodically check in with the stream of your thoughts and if they are sour, give them a positive spin. Instead of saying "There is no WAY I have time to do this" try "I think it is time to reevaluate priorities." I am telling you it really does work - see I'm feeling optimistic already.

So tell me - is the glass half full or half empty?


Around The Web
Join The Conversation
SU3 SU3 9 years
Great post. I agree with erlking - getting my workout in and having a good breakfast definitely helps me start the day on a positive foot.
erlking erlking 9 years
I find that when I get up early and do an hour of ashtanga, it sets my day off on the right foot. I have extra time to make lunch, take a shower and sip coffee before going to work. When I rush to work barely awake it throws my whole day into a funk.
Relaxation Drinks Are Now More Popular Than Energy Drinks
Relax Already: Give Your Shoulders a Squeeze
How to Be Happy at Work 2011-02-08 13:45:13
Tips For Your To-Do List
Seven Habits of Women Who Don't Get Sick
Samantha Brown Tip: How to Manage Stress
How Happiness Affects Your Life Span
Response to Stress is Very Different for Men and Women
The 10 Most Popular Ways to Destress
De-Stressing at Work

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds